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Win: Bray (1-0) 6.010042
Loss: Ockuly (0-1) 4.163328
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Win: Bellin (1-0) 1.000011
Loss: Campbell (0-1) 5.173312
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Beavers split season opener with No. 15 Minnesota State
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Beavers split season opener with No. 15 Minnesota State
MINNEAPOLIS ­— Junior lefty Phil Bray (Chattfield, Minn.) allowed no runs on one hit in six game one innings and sophomore Miles Campbell (RHP, Eden Prairie, Minn.) hurled five plus innings and allowed two runs on seven hits as the Bemidji State University baseball team split its 2012 season opener against No. 15 Minnesota State University, Mankato Wednesday at the H.H.H. Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.  

Behind solid defense, key hits and the arm of Bray the Beavers won game one 6-2. . BSU got its six runs on nine hits and committed two errors. Junior newcomer Tyler Purvis (OF/P, Rio Rancho, New Mexico) and junior Logan Kalis (1B/1B, Little Falls, Minn.) each had two hits and two RBI for the Beavers. Minnesota State left six on base, while the Beavers stranded five. Game two went the way of the Mavericks in a 4-0 contest. The game was a pitching duel between Campbell and MSU’s TJ Larson as the two posted zeros through five innings. MSU got all four runs in the sixth. 

The Beavers opened the season leaving runners at the corners in the first inning, but was the first to turn the scoreboard in the third. Junior Lewis Baumann (SS, Colorado Springs, Colo.) found the gap in left-center to lead off the inning with a double for BSU and with two outs Kalis drove him home with a ground ball base hit through the left side.

The Beavers took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth after senior Juan Molero (OF, Maracaibo, Venezuela) tucked the ball under the MSU right fielder’s out-stretched glove down the line and bounced into the corner, allowing the speedy center fielder to get to third with no throw. Chad Hanson (So-RS, OF, St. Paul, Minn.) plated Molero with one out on a chopper to second that gave him first, as the throw went home and Molero was able to slide around the tag.

Kalis got his second RBI of the game in the fifth to hand BSU a 3-0 lead. A three-run sixth handed the Beavers some insurance runs, as they took a 6-0 lead. BSU got two runs in the with two outs, getting a big single to left field by Purvis that scored sophomore second baseman Dylan Webb (Ahwatukee, Ariz.) from second and Hanson from third.

Bray’s day was finished with six complete, walking four and fanning two batters. Bellew handed the ball to junior transfer Jaryd Marks (RHP/1B, Cottage Grove, Minn.) to finish the game. A couple hits and a couple of errors later the seventh was over with the Mavericks tallying two runs.

Zeros were tagged on the board through six and a half innings until MSU posted the four runs in the bottom half of the sixth. The Mavericks got their first two runs on an inside-the-park home homerun as Molero lost a well-hit ball in the roof of the Metrodome in center field, allowing the runners to round the bases and score. MSU used the momentum to tag on two more and take the 4-0 lead heading into the seventh where it blanked BSU in the seventh for the win.

Campbell threw 5.1 strong innings, allowing the three runs on seven hits. He had two strikeouts and just one walk. BSU could only muster three hits in the game, while the Mavericks posted their four runs on nine hits. BSU left five and MSU stranded four on the bases.

BSU will battle Colorado Christian University Thursday at 12:15 p.m. at the H.H.H. Metrodome for a nonconference doubleheader. Two seven innings games are scheduled.

Bemidji State University, located in Bemidji, Minn., is an NCAA Division II institution and a member of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).